As a family who has members who have suffered with digestive issues for over 10 years, we have read a lot of books on the topic. We followed a lot of advice in a wide variety of said books claiming to fix what ails us but most of it made us worse until we started following Digestive Health with REAL Food: A Practical Guide to an Anti-Inflammatory, Nutrient Dense Diet for IBS & Other Digestive Issues. After a few years of strictly following this diet we discovered FODMAPs. FYI, you don't need a bunch of books on FODMAPs. We highly recommend: The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive Disorders & the cookbook (the recipes are sooo good): The Low-FODMAP Cookbook: 100 Delicious, Gut-Friendly Recipes for IBS and other Digestive Disorders
Around a year ago we read Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ. We loved this book so much we got the Audible edition next. The next book on the topic we read was The Gut Makeover & now this book. So far out of all the books, our favorite is still the first we read. However this book falls in second place. We love learning about the inner workings of our bodies. The more that is discovered, the better we are able to understand & take control of our own health. The most interesting part to us is the one thing that still hasn't changed no matter what new things are discovered about our amazing bodies & that is in order to be healthy we need to eat a variety of vegetables, healthy meats (not factory crap), & fermented foods.
This informative book covers a lot of ground regarding what they call 'physcobiotics' these are basically foods that affect our mood. The premise is that our gut bacteria control our cravings & our mood. If our gut bacteria contains too many of a bad type of bacteria we may crave more of what that bacteria eats. This could be why some of us crave potato chips & others chocolate. An example of this is an article we read where in the United States most women want chocolate for that time of the month but in other countries they craved rice or fish.
The idea is that by eating better, we will feed the good bacteria & over time will reduce or eliminate our cravings for unhealthy foods. By eating good healthy foods & having happy belly bugs, we will likely loose weight, feel better, avoid many diseases, heal our bodies & our minds.
The book discusses proboitics that have been tested & proven. Yet one of these, Activia (conventional yogurt you can find pretty much in any chain store) contains sugar. The author recommends avoiding sugar in yogurt because it negates the benefits. We have looked for plain Activia & it doesn't seem to exist. There are other probiotics mentioned as well. One seemed like it might be perfect for us, but it is banned in the United States. We have decided to order some organic yogurt cultures from a seller on Etsy WellsOfHealth that we've bought from in the past with excellent results. We are able to access our own fresh jersey cows milk, so all we need are the cultures. In the meantime we've been adding more yogurt to our diet. We came across Oui by Yoplait (available in plain & packaged in glass, it's not organic but it is Non GMO) & the Simple Truth brand that seem pretty good until we can start making our own again.
Overall if you are looking to improve your health in any way, you will want to read this book & many others like it.